People born in the Year of the Ox are steadfast, dependable and hardworking. Friends and family know they can rely on them to get things done, so why not let your favorite “ox” take charge of planning your Chinese New Year celebration?
In China, and in Chinatowns around the globe, feasting, firecrackers and noisy, colorful parades chase away the winter blues. And of course, food is central to any celebration. Many of the foods served at the New Year symbolize the good things we hope the year will bring, like noodles for long life, oranges for wealth and chicken wings to help us “soar to new heights.” Red and gold highlight the color scheme for decorations, bringing good luck and prosperity.To help you plan your very own Year of the Ox celebration, check out Kikkoman’s Complete Guide to Celebrating Chinese New Year. It’s packed with recipes, tips and traditions to help you celebrate the New Year in style — as well as suggestions for using convenient, premium-quality Kikkoman products to create authentic Chinese flavors quickly and conveniently!
Here are just a few of the highlights in the guide:
Chinese New Year at a Glance: A collection of themes, colors, symbols, important traditions and do’s and don’ts.
The Food: With 15 days of celebrations, you have a bounty of opportunities to delight your guests. You’ll find recipes for everything from a full Chinese banquet to a potluck or a meal of “small plates.”
The Mood: Decorate your Chinese New Year celebrations with authentic touches. You’ll find great ideas, like draping paper dragons across the walls and tables, and placing flower arrangements and bamboo around your home to celebrate rebirth and growth.
The Fun: Learn about the Year of the Ox, the Chinese Zodiac, the 15 days of Chinese New Year and the Legend of the Nian. Don’t forget to find your sign too!
The traditional greeting for Chinese New Year, “Gung Hay Fat Choy!” — means wishing you happiness and prosperity! In that spirit, we hope our online guide brings joy into your home and enriches the lives of your family and friends.